From the teachings of St. Silouan:

The man who likes to have his own way will never know peace.

About Fr. Stephen Freeman

Fr. Stephen is a retired Archpriest of the Orthodox Church in America, Pastor Emeritus of St. Anne Orthodox Church in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. He is also author of Everywhere Present: Christianity in a One-Storey Universe, and Face to Face: Knowing God Beyond Our Shame, as well as the Glory to God podcast series on Ancient Faith Radio.


8 responses to “Peace”

  1. handmaid Avatar

    “Pride=solitude=hell’s darkness. Pride, hence ambition, hence partiality, incapacity for self-estimation; hence stupidity.
    The proud man is stupid in his judgments, even if he is by nature born with the mind of a genius. And vice versa: the humble man is wise, even if he is “not clever”; the essence of wisdom – the sense of Truth and humility concerning it – is accessible to him.”
    ~Fr Yelchaninov

  2. Joseph Avatar

    FYI: Voting has started in the Eastern Christian Blog Awards:

  3. Ezekiel Avatar

    How true!

    How true of me!

    Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me!

  4. T Avatar

    I love that man.

  5. antiphonsgarden Avatar

    what about clergys who wants it “their own way?”?

  6. fatherstephen Avatar


    I’m sure we’re as liable to sin as anyone else. If, however, you are talking about the responsibility of leadership – a priest cannot shirk that either. I would add, a congregation that always wants their own way will never know peace.

    But, the bottom line, I don’t think it is appropriate to ask the question of anyone but yourself. “What would you have this man do?” when speaking of someone else, brought a rebuke from Christ to St. Peter, at the end of John’s gospel.

  7. T Avatar

    Amen, Fr. Stephen! May we all ask this question of ourselves!

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